The Spirit of Trauttmansdorff-competition-14

The Spirit of Trauttmansdorff

Competition-14 - Special award

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This Special award is closed for entries.

About The Spirit of Trauttmansdorff

In partnership with The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

Voted International Garden of the Year in 2013, Trauttmansdorff is one of the world’s most remarkable gardens. Its creation was strongly influenced by South Tyrolean culture and politics, which continue to influence its broad botanical development today.

The brief of this free to enter special award is for photographers to tap into this essence of the Gardens whilst seeking out the intersections between nature, art and culture. Judges will look for images that embody this enduring vision.


Previous winners have managed to communicate aspects of art, culture and nature that bind together to form Trauttmansdorff. Look for plants and scenes which reinforce the wider context of the Gardens with flair and originality.

Wider benefits

Trauttmansdorff is a one-of-a-kind botanical garden. It currently ranks as South Tyrol’s most popular tourist destination, embodying local culture and politics. It is encircled by the snow-capped Gruppo di Tessa (Texelgruppe) Mountains, which soar to a height of three thousand metres. Trauttmansdorff features more than eighty garden landscapes with twelve hectares of natural and man-made areas, with plants from every corner of the globe.

To visit is to appreciate a unique blend of nature, culture and art that will help inspire other aspects of your creative work. If you haven't given time to yourself to visit anywhere new or need a break, the Gardens and South Tyrol in general, are a perfect way to reconnect with nature and culture through photography.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

By entering this category your image stands a chance to win the 'The Spirit of Trauttmansdorff' 1st place title.

  • 1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 14
  • Signed individual certificate
  • Image exhibited at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 
  • Special prize awarded by Trauttmansdorff

Second prize:

  • 1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 14
  • Signed individual certificate
  • Image exhibited at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 
  • Special prize awarded by Trauttmansdorff

Third prize:

  • 1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 14
  • Signed individual certificate
  • Image exhibited at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 
  • Special prize awarded by Trauttmansdorff.

The special prizes awarded by Trauttmansdorff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed winners will be:

  • Free admission to the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle for a
  • Private Garden tour with the curator and
  • Lunch at the Schlossgarten Restaurant in the middle of the Gardens.
  • Rules

    General rules:

    • You may not submit watermarked images with your name or website visible on the photo. Please do not frame your images with borders.
    • Entrants may submit a maximum of 4 images per single entry token and a maximum of 6 images per portfolio entry token.
    • For free-to-enter competitions you should enter 1 image per token given, up to a maximum of 8 images (8 tokens).
    • Entrants' images must be .jpg or .jpeg format and of high enough quality.
    • We recommend all images are output to 1920px on their longest side at 72 ppi (ideally with an sRGB colour profile). Any larger than this and you are supplying images bigger than they will be seen or used by IGPOTY judges; your files will take longer to upload and/or download to judges and viewers’ screens.
    • The absolute maximum for each image must not be more than 7MB in file size and no more than 3000px on their longest side.
    • All entrants must be able to supply a high-res image (300 ppi) suitable for printing/exhibiting should the image be shortlisted. You may be asked for this when the time comes.


    • High-res source file/s need to be at least 3780 pixels (longest side) @ 300 ppi, ideally larger (and ideally with an Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile).

    Full competition rules:

    Please see the IGPOTY competition rules, which always prevail:

    Category rules:

    Only images captured at The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff are valid. Entrants cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize.

    The award is free to enter. Adults only (18+) may enter. Normal admission fees apply. The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff employees are excluded from entry; volunteers are permitted to enter. Each entrant may upload a maximum of 8 images. For special prizes awarded by The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff the winner must be available/consent to contact using provided contact information. No alternative prizes may be given. Standard IGPOTY rules apply. Closing time for entries on the deadline date is midday (noon) GMT.

    Competition details

    Special award
    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    February 14, 2020
    Closing date:
    October 31, 2020, 12 noon GMT
    Cost of entry:
    FREE (up to 8 entry slots max)

    How do I enter?

    Online submissions

    For help please visit our Frequently-Asked-Questions page.

    Partner: The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

    Exhibition Partner.

    Background image

    Credit: © Alberto Ceolan